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55m Superyacht OBSESSION spotted in Italy?

April 29, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Roberto Malfatti sent us a couple of images of a yacht seen in Livorno in Italy this past weekend. It appears to be the striking Oceanfast charter yacht OBSESSION, although the yacht’s name cannot be seen in the photos. If in fact she is OBSESSION, she is 55 metres (180ft) long and was originally launched in 1991. She has received an interior refit by Bannenberg in 2008/2009 and accommodates up to ten guests overnight in five deluxe staterooms.

Superyacht OBSESSION

Superyacht OBSESSION

As seen on the photos, she is a spacious and comfortable vessel with vast deck areas for relaxation and entertainment. OBSESSION has a fabulous sun deck boasting a spa pool, ample al fresco dining possibility and relaxation options. For additional comfort, she has been fitted with at anchor zero speed stabilisers.

OBSESSION detail - Photo Roberto Malfatti

OBSESSION detail – Photo Roberto Malfatti

MORE INFO ABOUT OBSESSION

Yacht OBSESSION

Year:1991   L.O.A.:55.00m (180' 5")  Beam:9.00m (29' 6") 
Max Speed:21 knots  Cruise Speed:14 knots  Engines:Engines: 2 MTU 16V 396TB9 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10  Crew:13 

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43M Charter Yacht AXANTHA II Spotted in Italy

April 28, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 43-metre charter yacht AXANTHA II has been spotted in Livorno, Italy on Friday 22nd April by Roberto Malfatti. This sturdy expedition vessel, constructed by JFA Yachts and launched in 2011, was designed by Vripack Naval Architects and is capable of far-reaching ocean voyages. She was built with aluminium hull and superstructure, providing her with a moderate displacement, which in combination with a reasonably sized engine, allow her to reach a speed of 14,5 knots.

AXANTHA II spotted in Italy

AXANTHA II spotted in Italy

AXANTHA II detail

AXANTHA II detail

Charter yacht AXANTHA II

Charter yacht AXANTHA II

Her conservative and elegant interioroffers inviting spaces for relaxation and socialising. The main common area is the main deck lounge / dining which leads to an outside lounging area through large glazed doors. The galley is also placed on this deck, forward of the main saloon.

AXANTHA II in Livorno

AXANTHA II in Livorno

The upper deck provides a lounge/study/library and is fully glazed with a semi-circular door that opens to almost the entire width of the superstructure, allowing for excellent indoor/outdoor flow. This deck also features the captain’s cabin and the wheelhouse. The guests will enjoy the views from the observation lounge in the wheelhouse.

AXANTHA II

AXANTHA II

The sun deck is the perfect area to unwind and further upper is also the compass-deck, which, thanks to its height offers a privileged place to discover anchorages, ports or fjords.

Motor Yacht AXANTHA

Motor Yacht AXANTHA

Accommodation is placed on the lower deck with three double cabins and a double cabin with a Pullman bed. The full beam master suite is situated amidships and offers a large bathroom and a very spacious dressing area. The laundry is located forward of the guest area and provides separation from the crew quarters. The crew is accommodated in four cabins and the crew mess is accessible through the tender deck.

Axantha II is available for Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean charters this summer, including such beautiful and popular destinations as Italy, France, Greece, Turkey or the sought-after and charming Croatia.

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Motor Yacht Axantha II

Year:2011   L.O.A.:43 m  Beam:8.75 m 
Max Speed:14.8 knots  Cruise Speed:12.5 knots  Engines:2 x 750 hp 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10  Crew:

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56m QUEEN MAVIA Superyacht (ex Lady Christine) By Oceanco Spotted in Italy

April 19, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 56-metre superyacht QUEEN MAVIA, previously known as LADY CHRISTINE was spotted in Italy by yachting photographer Roberto Malfatti. The yacht was built in 2001 by the renowned and respected yacht builder Oceanco with exterior design by Richard Hein. Last known refit of the yacht appears to be in 2007.

QUEEN MAVIA - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

QUEEN MAVIA – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

QUEEN MAVIA features a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure and her spacious layout offers accommodation to ten guests in five beautifully appointed staterooms. There is one master suite, two double suites and two twin bedded cabins. All accommodation has one en-suite bathroom facilities.

QUEEN MAVIA - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

QUEEN MAVIA – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Powered by two Caterpillar 3516B-DITA diesel engines, QUEEN MAVIA reaches a maximum speed of 16 knots and cruises at 14 knots. Her range is 5000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Superyacht QUEEN MAVIA - photo by Roberto Malfatti

Superyacht QUEEN MAVIA – photo by Roberto Malfatti

Queen Mavia superyacht - Photo by Roberto Marlfatti

Queen Mavia superyacht – Photo by Roberto Marlfatti

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50m Luxury Superyacht RIMA II by Benetti Spotted in Italy

April 18, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Yachting enthusiast and photographer, Roberto Malfatti has captured the striking 1987-built Benetti luxury superyacht RIMA II in Livorno, Italy. Measuring 50 metres, RIMA II was refitted in 2013 and boasts interior design by Newcruise with exterior styling by Benetti.

RIMA II yacht - Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II yacht – Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II - Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II – Photo R Malfatti

Interior layout of the yacht comprises seven well-appointed staterooms for up to twelve people, including one owner’s suite on the upper deck, one VIP stateroom on the main deck, two double cabins, two twin cabins as well as one additional single cabin on the lower deck.

RIMA II - Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II – Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II - Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II – Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II is powered by two 3500hp MTU TB93 V16 engines to up to a maximum speed of 24 knots and has a range of 2200 nautical miles.

RIMA II - Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II – Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II - Photo R Malfatti

RIMA II – Photo R Malfatti

Additional General Info on Benetti Superyachts

If you are captured by the quality of build and amenities aboard Benetti yachts and are interested in chartering one of their vessels for the summer, you can view a selection of BENETTI CHARTER YACHTS here.

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Ultimate 80m motor yacht BV80 by Blohm+Voss

March 28, 2016

Written by zuzana

Blohm+Voss, the premier German shipyard renowned for building the best quality superyachts in the world, was proud to officially unveil their brand new 80-metre semi-custom motor yacht BV80 during the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. The expert team of naval architects as well as engineers in Hamburg, teaming up with Eidsgaard Design in London, spent thousands of hours behind closed doors to conceive the ultimate 80m mega yacht BV80 for today’s clients.

New 80m mega yacht BV80 by Blohm+Voss Yachts

Blohm+Voss’ unrivaled knowledge, experience and know-how from 137 years of shipbuilding have been concentrated into 80m superyacht BV80. In the superlative world of superyachts, it is rare that a new design re-writes the rule book but Blohm+Voss has done exactly that.

80m superyacht BV80 - side view

80m superyacht BV80 – side view – Image credit to Blohm+Voss Yachts

Luxury yacht BV80 - aft view

Luxury yacht BV80 – aft view – Image credit to Blohm+Voss Yachts

BV80 superyacht - Decks

BV80 superyacht – Decks – Image credit to Blohm+Voss Yachts

Below is a gallery for the breath-taking charter yachts built by Blohm+Voss.

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Beautiful Transformation of Classic 47m Charade into Superyacht BG by Taylor Hannah Architect Inc.

March 25, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Originally launched in 1990 and built by the world-renowned and respected yacht builder, Feadship, the 47-metre (153′) displacement motor yacht BG (ex Charade) underwent a complex refit at Derecktor Shipyard in 2015. Architect and Interior designer of this magnificent projects, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace B. Arch., O.A.A., M.R.A.I.C of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. describes the complex transformation of this already fabulous vessel into a breath-taking ultra-luxurious superyacht. 

BG superyacht

BG superyacht

BG from above

BG from above

Charade was a stately Upper East Side apartment with elegance and opulence. It needed to be brought into the world of 2015 where we live. A bit more relaxed yet still loving the comforts of the Carlyle Hotel but in a Hampton’s vibe. The English oak walls and baseboard had simple reveals that could be kept by simply painting and keeping the wood grain in Benjamin Moore 118, which is not an easy process but essential,  as with the sprayed effect the wood would lose its depth. The ceilings are in a different sheen level as are the existing doors which are high gloss with new hardware. The hardware is custom, to work with the existing locations, featuring a new polished chrome finish and some is adorned with the BG logo.

BG - saloon

BG – saloon

BG - saloon with lounging area

BG – saloon with lounging area

The ceilings were pushed back to grab as much ceiling height as possible, keeping the chrome details while adding cove light where possible. The floors needed to have a grey wood washed feeling and be consistent throughout. This entailed all the floors to be re-done as well as the stairs to be restrained. The palette was established.

BG - Saloon detail

BG – Saloon detail

Dining is really happening on the exterior of the yacht and today, BG’s dining room is much less formal and is part of the main salon. This arrangement provided space for a full VIP cabin with an en-suite bathroom so that now the owner’s cabin is not adjacent to a public room.

BG - dining area

BG – dining area

The galley was re-done in sheet stainless with the addition of more refrigeration as the new en-suite was accommodated in the VIP stateroom. The design of the new bathrooms is timeless, boasting grey and white checkered pattern with a 1 ½” dark grey inlay and a white border. The vanities boast white lacquered drawers with grey waterfall frame and white Ceasarstone counter tops and shower jambs.

BG - suite

BG – suite

BG - Owner suite

BG – Owner suite

The Owner’s Suite was reconfigured to accommodate a large en-suite with a bath tub and the same concept of the tiles was carried through. It is important when renovating superyachts (and not only) to carry a design philosophy throughout and in BG’s (previously named Charade) case in the wood panelling there were areas that featured wall material such as the Louis Vuitton wall vinyl in the Dining room so that recess was kept in the VIP room where it now has ultra-suede panels that are also in its en-suite but in a vinyl. The Owner’s en-suite has grey linen vinyl wallpaper which is repeated in the bedroom, and the entire room boasts white linen fabric walls paying homage to its previous design, but updated.

BG - bathroom

BG – bathroom

The main salon needed a focus looking in so a wine cellar, that appears to go on for infinity on middle axis with an Aria Chandelier from Wired Custom Lighting in NYC, was introduced. We kept the dining room silver leaf table and extended it with a rosewood middle leaf to match the new cock-fighting dining room chairs. The salon has two looks: in white linen and grey slip covers with pieces from Liaigre, Ralph Lauren and many custom touches, including linens and china with lighting from Porta Romano.

BG - accommodation

BG – accommodation

BG - double guest cabin

BG – double guest cabin

BG - twin guest cabin

BG – twin guest cabin

BG - guest bathroom

BG – guest bathroom

BG’s exterior decks are flexible in nature with movable Brown Jordan teak pieces and umbrellas, which are all in grey colour with white piping. The bar on top was replaced with a family room and the lower staterooms were updated with new material and artwork.

BG - sun pads

BG – sun pads

BG - al fresco dining

BG – al fresco dining

BG - helm station

BG – helm station

BG superyacht (ex Charade)

BG superyacht (ex Charade)

Feadship-built BG (ex Charade)

Feadship-built BG (ex Charade)

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95M INDIAN EMPRESS Charter Yacht Refit Completed By Turquoise Yachts

March 09, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Turquoise Yachts are pleased to announced that they have completed the refit of the 95-metre INDIAN EMPRESS mega yacht in record time. The yacht was constructed by Oceanco with launch in 2000, and went through a comprehensive refit costing 6,4 million euros at the Turkish shipyard Turquoise Yachts in at Pendenik in Istanbul.

Indian Empress underway

Indian Empress underway

INDIAN EMPRESS was originally built for a member of the royal Qatari family and purchased by her current Owner in 2006. In addition to being extensively used by the Owner for private cruising, she is also an outstanding and sought-after charter yacht.

Indian Empress underway and tenders

Indian Empress underway and tenders

2014 saw Mark Berryman Design studio completely reinvent her interior, creating a more contemporary ambience on board. The comprehensive work brief requested a very short turn around time frame. The Owner’s team put great trust into Turquoise Yachts in completing the work on time. The shipyard offer not only its expertise and experience in the industry, they were also able to provide speed and flexibility during the refit.

Indian Empress Cinema

Indian Empress Cinema

INDIAN EMPRESS has been selected as one of the 2016 finalists in “The World Superyacht Awards” in the “Refited, Rebuilt and Converted” award category. The winners of the awards will be announced on May 14th in Florence, Italy, ruling the gala ceremony.

Indian Empress Owners Deck Lobby

Indian Empress Owners Deck Lobby

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Dorries Yachts Present New 111m Mega Yacht Concept by H2 Yacht Design

March 08, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Dorries Yachts are pleased to unveil their latest yacht concept of 111 metres, designed by the respected H2 Yacht Design studio. The concept is designed to be built in marine grade steel with a displacement monohull hull form. With the length of 364’02” (111m) this impressive superyacht is sure to offer amazing outdoor and indoor spaces for endless entertainment, relaxation and socialising.

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

Twelve guests can be accommodated in six sumptuous staterooms, including a full-beam VIP suite. There is also accommodation for a crew of 36 professionals. The new 111-metre Dorries Yachts’ concept is designed to reach a maximum speed of 18 knots and cruise comfortably at 16 knots with a cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

DORRIES 111M CONCEPT

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156m Mega Yacht DILBAR Returns From Sea Trials

March 08, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The imposing 156-metre mega yacht DILBAR, known under project name ‘OMAR’ has been spotted returning from her first sea trials in the North Sea. The yacht is being constructed at the prestigious Lurssen shipyard and very little details have been unveiled to date. We know that she will be delivered sometimes this year and was constructed with a steel hull. Enjoy the photos and video’s here below, taken by DiFooll and DrDuu respectively. 

Mega yacht DILBAR - Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR – Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR - Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR – Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR - Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR – Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR - Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR – Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR - Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR – Photo by DiFooll

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70m SuperYacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA Hits Water at Heesen Yachts

March 08, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Heesen Yachts have announced the launch of their largest yacht to date, the 70-metre mega yacht project KOMETA, now called GALACTICA SUPER NOVA. The newly-launched luxury superyacht is amongst the top 200 largest yachts in the world and one of the fastest in her size range.

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA christening -  Dick Holthuis

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA SUPER NOVA christening – Dick Holthuis

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA was built with a revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) technology devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects, which Heesen Yachts were the first to utilise in construction. GALACTICA SUPER NOVA is fitted with a third engine to power a booster jet, and will be able to reach a maximum speed of over 30 knots.

Heesen GALACTICA SUPER NOVA yacht christening - Dick Holthuis

Heesen GALACTICA SUPER NOVA yacht christening – Dick Holthuis

With building experience since 1978, Heesen Yachts have became world-leaders in this sector. Boasting exterior lines by Espen Øino and interior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, GALACTICA SUPER NOVA is an evolution of Heesen’t long experience in the superyacht building and also the result of what is perceived as a growing market demand for fast transit speeds, perfectly brought together with the highest level of comfort and space traditionally associated with displacement yachts.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photo by Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photo by Guillaume Plisson

The vessel is also equipped with a great selection of amenities and water toys, including a tender and quad ski, which are housed in the garage situated in the forward part of the hull. This arrangement allowed for a development of a fabulous beach club that provides the owners and their guests with the possibility to enjoy a lifestyle closer to the water.

MOTOR YACHT GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photo Guillaume Plisson

MOTOR YACHT GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photo Guillaume Plisson

Additional notable features include a 13,500-litre contra-flow swimming pool situated on the main deck aft, also featuring a waterfall and integrated Jacuzzi for relaxation, while the glass bottom of the pool allows for natal light to filter into the beach club below. Further forward on the main deck is the touch-and-go helipad, which also doubles as an outdoor cinema that seamlessly completes the luxury lifestyle aboard this magnificent vessel.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA SUPERYACHT - photo Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA SUPERYACHT – photo Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA’s head-turning exterior design by the respected international designer and naval architects Espen Oeino, who worked on a pre-established engineering platform provided by Heesen’s in-house experts, features striking lines and beautiful appearance. The designer has been able to develop a profile that celebrates Heesen’s DNA, yet at the same time brings in new design elements that make GALACTICA SUPER NOVA a truly unique vessel in Heesen’s galaxy.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - photos Guillaume Plisson

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – photos Guillaume Plisson

Accommodation is laid out to welcome twelve guests on board, providing comfortable six staterooms, including a main deck master suite forward, four guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP stateroom located on the wheelhouse deck aft. The Owner has chosen the famous Dutch designer Sinot to create light, pure and well-balanaced interior with a sophisticated equilibrium between monochromic and soft colours. The ambience on board is relaxed and informal, understated and inviting, yet extremely refined. A wide range of leathers – from galuchat to very soft calfskin – form the bases of the interior decor that includes a variety of stones such as calacatta luccicoso and various onyx. The stand-out feature in the interior is the central staircase with a crystal elevator. Steel, nickel, chrome, wood and leather flow together to form a fabulous and imposing architectural helix.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA - main saloon - Photo Dick Holthuis

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA – main saloon – Photo Dick Holthuis

Following her launch, GALACTICA SUPER NOVA will now go through comprehensive tests in the North Sea before her scheduled delivery in May, 2016. Once delivered, she will undertake her maiden voyage from the Netherlands to Montenegro, following which she will cruise the summer in the Mediterranean, and final premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

GALACTICA SUPER NOVA specs

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